H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute at the University of South Florida

Tampa, Florida

Training Program Director: Vernon K. Sondak, MD

The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center is an NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center established in 1986 on the campus of the University of South Florida. Licensed for 206 beds, the institution has experienced remarkable growth since its inception. Clinical activities have increased steadily each year. The Center has 14 interdisciplinary programs representing patient care, clinical research, education, and cancer control activities, such as Breast, Cutaneous, and Gastrointestinal Oncology. With more than 400 physicians and 600 researchers, the Cancer Center has more than 9,000 inpatient admissions and over  339,000 outpatient visits a year. Each year, over 9000 surgical cases are performed, spanning the entire gamut of oncologic procedures including minimally invasive ahd robotic procedures. The Center receives more than $70 million in federal and corporate research grants annually.

The General Surgery training program at the University of South Florida rotates residents to the Moffitt Cancer Center, but fellows and senior/chief residents do not compete for cases or have overlapping responsibilities for running the various services in which general surgery residents participate.

About the Program

The two-year surgical oncology fellowship consists of 18 months of clinical activity and six months of elective experience, which can be research, specialized clinical training, or both. A third year is available for those applicants interested in pursuing a more extensive research experience.

Clinical Rotations

Rotations on the Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, and Surgical Pathology services during the training program provide exposure to a variety of disciplines in cancer care. The surgical rotations include the Sarcoma, Head and Neck/Plastics, Breast, Gynecologic Oncology, Cutaneous, Thoracic, and Gastrointestinal Services, where the fellows participate in a wide variety of general oncologic and complex re-operative operations. Exposure to upper gastrointestinal tract surgical procedures, including esophageal and pancreatic cancer resections, is particularly strong.

Conferences and Research

The fellows attend weekly interdisciplinary conferences where interesting cases are discussed with other specialties - medical, surgical and radiation oncologists, pathologists, nutritionists, nurses, physical therapists, geneticists, and others.

Fellows are expected to participate in translational research, to teach other fellows, residents, students (and attendings!), to publish actively, to conduct Journal Clubs, participate in weekly interdisciplinary conferences and to develop or expand a research interest which can be pursued full time during the research period of the fellowship. Several basic science programs are available for fellow interaction and participation. The fellowship is designed for individuals intent upon a career in academic surgical oncology.

Eligibility and Benefits

Applicants must be eligible for a Florida medical license. Salary, fringe benefits, and malpractice coverage are provided.

How to Apply

We participate in the national match through ERAS with a requirement that all applicants conform to those specific dates.  Please include a curriculum vitae, personal statement, and three letters of recommendation. Interviews will be by invitation sent by email. We begin with a registration and packet handout around 10:00 a.m. followed by a luncheon and tour with the interviews concluding around 5:30 p.m. This is followed by an optional dinner with the current fellows at a local restaurant. We encourage all interviewees to structure their travel plans to allow them to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to meet and interact with our fellows and gain a unique perspective on the educational and research opportunities and the esprit de corps Moffitt’s surgical oncology fellowship is noted for.

Contact Information

Training Program Director: Vernon K. Sondak, MD
Address: Moffitt Cancer Center

12902 Magnolia Drive

Tampa, FL 33612
Phone: (813) 745-3131
Fax: (813) 745-4064
Email: Jackie.campbell@moffitt.org
Website: http://www.moffitt.org/

For more information about the fellowship, visit our Website and click on Medical Professionals, then Graduate Medical Education.